26 Jul 2017What's up, Doc?
My God, does this thing still work??!! (Just kidding). Anyway, no time like the present to update a fan or two about my movements and whereabouts. Heck, it's only been eleven months. What's the rush, anyway?To be fair things were pretty quiet till spring of this year at which time quite a bit kicked off. First, there were the gigs. Between March and now I have played close to two dozen of them which has been most welcome. This included a three month stint at The Litton, a newly opened pub/restaurant, where I played every Friday night. It was a good opportunity to practise a bunch of new covers and also introduce a few new tunes of my own which I wrote in December - January. Other gigs included my now fairly regular appearances at the Horse & Groom in Westbury (thanks Nigel), the Street Inn in Street and the Hawthorn Hotel in Glastonbury. On top of this, I am now hosting a once-monthly open mic at The Pickled Inn (great name!) in Evercreech.The early part of this year was spent recording some new material for a forthcoming album called "Grounded" which will be available in digital format very soon. Although there are no immediate plans to release it on CD, I'm sure it will be in due course. Many of the tracks were recorded by Nathan Williams (respect!) who also helped out with the mixing. This is the first album to be released since "Initial Settings" in 2012 which, if your'e interested, is available to hear on Spotify and to purchase through iTunes and the like.Most recently - yesterday to be precise - I played a fabulous unscheduled gig at The Taphouse in Wimborne. To be fair, it was just covers but being asked for three encores was a real treat. Expect to see me back there in the future for one of their coveted Sunday slots.Anyway, that's all for the moment. Just thought you might like to know I'm still breathing.Best wishes to all my reader(!).You gotta laugh .....b.e_cooling
16 Sep 2016I must be getting old ....er
Whoopsee ........ I just managed to delete this entry.Hey - hoYou gotta laugh .....b.e_cooling
8 Feb 2016Pills are brilliant!
..........OK - that probably needs clarifyingMore specifically, the Star Inn in Pill near Bristol was another hoot. To be honest, the clientele were mostly drunk as skunks but they joined in and sang and danced and - quite frankly - made the evening for me. There are other places where I play (not to be mentioned) where the people could DEFINITELY learn a thing or three about how to have a good time (and show some manners - but, as they say, it's all a question of 'breeding'). Too cryptic for you?? Believe me, in this profession it pays to be cryptic sometimes!I've been getting back into playing new open mics after a bit of a lull. It's always a difficult choice whether to frequent the ones you know (and love) or to get out there and spread a little 'cooling' ..... so - apologies to those organisers who run open mics and wonder why I haven't been around recently. You know I love ya!It IS a shame that the Shakespeare in Totterdown (Bristol) has seen it's last open mic (run by the magnificent Stevie Yeomans); I suppose there is still hope as the pub sees new management come in. Let's hope they continue with a long-standing tradition of fine music at "The Shakey" as there are some wonderful musicians who play there for nothing other than the enjoyment they get ..... and give. (That said, it would be nice to see more landlords honour the hard work - and, in some cases, travel expenses - that musicians put into performing at open mics by offering AT LEAST half a pint by way of a 'thank you'. I understand that the pub business is not an easy one these days ...... but a little appreciation goes a long way. As for those pubs which DO (like the Three Tuns in Bristol: Graeme Montcrieff, organiser) - GOOD ON YA!With 2016 now firmly underway it is time to try and rustle up some gigs for the future but - to be honest - I'm really enjoying focussing on some quality practice and adding a new bunch of upbeat and funky tunes to the (cover) set list. And - yes - I do now play a song by ABBA.Just one.Wishing everybody hope and success in whatever be your chosen endeavour..... and remember - when you get hot under the collar of life - be cooling.Cheers!BrianNEXT GIGs: The Camelot in South Cadbury (13th Feb); The Kings Head in Coleford (27th Feb); The Horse & Groom in Westbury (28th Feb)
11 Oct 2015Blogness abounds!
Oh - the slow, relentless march of time.Another month has come and gone with a few journeys on the way (mostly to Salisbury to try to nail down a gig or two).August ended busily and September started up much the same. The last weekend in August was fairly full on and I really enjoyed playing at Coleford Village's Open Day. Nice to have a fellow (North) American on the controls. Nice one, Will Angelero - excellent sound as always.Another treat was opening up for the evening's entertainment on "Mark's Day" near Crediton. This was a charitable event organised by Terry Matthews for her Marlin Car enthusiast husband who sadly died from cancer a year ago. There's a video I've posted on Youtube of me singing the Janis Joplin classic "Mercedes Benz" for you to dig out if you're so inclined. Now - just to say - I like these shows with larger audiences so ....... if you know of any then please let me know!Later in the month saw some great gigs with audiences who appreciate their music and like to join in. The Kings Head in Coleford was great and I've been asked to come back in the new year, so look out for that one. A weekend of Lions closed September with the White Lion in Bourton just HEAVING and the Red Lion in Babcary just SEETHING (because Wales defeated England in the rugby). Despite that, they liked me and I'll be there several times to come over the next three months so I hope you can join me.And last Sunday, I did a wedding fair .........Now for those of you who enjoy a joke: How do you titilate and ocelot?Oscillate its tit a lot.Now, go back to your toast.Best wishes,Brian